On Saturday, May 12, from 1-3 PM, members of two local Amateur (HAM) Radio clubs will be at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester on 65 James Street to talk about their experiences with HAM Radio, and give a hands-on demonstration of what HAM Radio Operators do.
HAM Radio is the pre-cursor to the Internet, and even now, is a dependable form of communication when the Internet and electricity are unavailable. Yet many people use HAM Radio in tandem with the Internet for meeting people all over the world, weather reporting, and disaster assistance. HAM Radio communities are their own social media, often having contests for those with the most or the furthest contacts.
The term HAM Radio for amateur radio operators comes from a time when wireless radio operators left their landline telegraphs to go to sea or to man coastal stations, bringing their language and traditions for communicating. In those early days, government stations, ships, coastal stations, and the increasingly numerous amateur operators all competed for time and signal supremacy.
Two amateur radio operators, working each other across town, could effectively jam all the other operations in the area. Frustrated commercial operators would refer to the interference by calling them "hams." Amateurs, possibly unfamiliar with the real meaning of the term, picked it up and applied it to themselves.
A partial “HAM Shack” will be set up at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, and attendees will be able to try their skills at using this fascinating (and by no means old-fashioned!) form of communication. All ages are welcome; there is a HAM operator who is six years old and some in their 90’s.
So come join members of the Worcester County and Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Clubs on Saturday, May 12, from 1-3 PM, and have some fun!